For the baker in your life, renowned chef and cookbook author Dorie Greenspan has whipped up her most appetizing and tempting collection yet: a book devoted to cookies. Packed with tried-and-true favorites as well as new enticements, Dorie’s Cookies (Rux Martin, $35) is the perfect way to practice your baking skills, master a new family favorite, and ruin your diet. There are recipes for everyday confections as well as chapters on brownies, bars, special treats for particular occasions, and “cocktail cookies”—more than enough to make this book your favorite kitchen companion. Whether you’re looking for a shortbread recipe, a way to make mini pies, or instructions for a deep-fried delicacy, Dorie has you covered. Alongside ample recipes, Dorie also helps take the guesswork out of baking techniques with “The Perfect-Cookie Handbook.” Pages of tips and guidelines for a little TLC, plus a review of the proper and preferred gear, set this compilation apart and guarantee perfect treats.
Attention ice cream aficionados: all you need is this book and one of the myriad home ice cream makers on the market, and soon you’ll be whipping up the best ice creams, gelatos, and sorbets you’ve ever tasted. This book covers all the bases, even including recipes for toppings and sauces alongside the abundant, easy-to-follow instructions for making frozen treats. Lebowitz, a former pastry chef at Chez Panisse, includes recipes that span everything from exotic flavors (orange-Szechuan pepper ice cream) to tried-and-true favorites. Just don’t expect to keep buying pints of Ben & Jerry’s when you can make your own superior stuff at home.
Can a book about bread change your life? After reading this one last year, my husband Ben has made the basic no-knead recipe almost daily. Lahey’s method requires little more than flour, water, yeast and time. We haven’t enjoyed bread like this since we lived in Italy. Store bought and even bakery bread tastes like nothing once you get used to it. Lahey also includes sandwiches, soups and delicious Italian pizza recipes.